An open day on Sunday by the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, better known as SHARP or the Sedgeford Dig, drew scores of enthusiasts keen to delve into the past of this part of Norfolk with half-hourly tours of the site drawing large crowds.
It’s one of the biggest and longest-running volunteer projects in the country. What is so special is that the village moved across the River Heacham and so the site is undisturbed,” said open day organiser, Kevin Claxton. This year the annual dig ends next Friday. It has involved uncovering more of the everyday objects used by the villagers who inhabited the site up to 1,300 years ago. Remains in their Christian cemetery, in addition, have shown that some inhabitants died violently, possibly at the hands of the Vikings. Work has also been done on a medieval manor and water mill. Excavations have also taken place on a World War One aerodrome. But although the present concentration is on the Anglo-Saxon village the area turns up artefacts from neolithic times to the present day. And if the many genuine finds failed to excite younger visitors, the project also brought the past to life in a more colourful way. A number of SHARP members dressed up in period clothes adding a touch of reality to the occasion. Pictured, organiser, Kevin Claxton, dressed as a Roman centurion, and Elizabeth Stewart as Boudicca. MLNF16PB08439